Music and stuff

Last night folks from Ventura City Hall descended the Ivory Tower to discuss the state of live music in the city with (gasp!) musicians and others who care.  All in all it was a positive exchange that left the city with a better understanding of the obstacles that litter the path of music makers and promoters in a region that is overstocked with talent.

Ideas were tossed around but whether or not anything comes to fruition is anyone’s guess. Chris Jay suggested a laminated parking pass for venues to give musicians so they can load gear without worrying about being ticketed.  Everyone agreed that a lack of all-ages venues (and the regulations that exist which prevent the under-21’s from attending shows, are the biggest issues facing the scene).

Bottom line is government needs to stay out of the way. If it wants to lean on the arts for identity, then it better give artists some room to do what they do: make art. When the city has no money to work with, what else can it do anyway?

Update: Singer-songwriter Rain Perry, who was in attendance, wrote this today.

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3 Responses to “Music and stuff”

  1. Yes, you got it: “If it wants to lean on the arts for identity, then it better give artists some room to do what they do: make art.”

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